Student Quarantine Resources

Updated on Tue, 02/09/2021 - 4:30pm

Updated Quarantine Guidance from Public Health (effective Jan. 2021)

Recently updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) indicates quarantines for individuals exposed to COVID-19 can now be reduced from 14 days to 7 or 10 days. This change is based on CDC data (analysis conducted by CDC scientists) that indicates a significantly lower possibility of virus transmission after certain time periods. This is an important change because we believe it will allow us to better manage quarantined-related staffing shortages and provide greater continuity of education in the in-person learning environment.

Given this new guidance, the district will transition to a 10-day quarantine for students. The district selected to follow the 10 day quarantine for students because of the logistical challenges related to the additional verification work required by public health to confirm an individual is cleared to end a quarantine early (i.e. paper verification of a negative PCR test on or after day 5). 

Based on new Centers for Disease Control guidance, your child may have the opportunity to end their quarantine sooner. Keep in mind, this process does not allow your child to return to school sooner than the date listed in the letter received from the district. The process to ending a quarantine sooner would involve taking a COVID test on day 5 or after of your quarantine and receiving a paper verification of a negative test result. For more information on that process, visit the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment website.

This page offers helpful information as your child completes the quarantine process.

Important information for student athletes
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has provided specific guidance that high school athletes are not eligible for a shortened 10-day quarantine and must follow a 14-day quarantine. 

This guidance is based on the designation of athletics as a high-risk activity due to close proximity and physical exertion involved in athletic practice and competition. This was guidance provided to CHSAA in a health department variance for the launch of the CHSAA Season B sports season. Click here for more information on this guidance

How do I quarantine?

  • Stay at home or stay put in your same location for 10 days after your last exposure so you don’t spread the disease to healthy people.
    • Restrict activities outside your home.

    • Do not go to work, school or public areas.

    • Avoid using public transportation, rideshares or taxis.

  • Stay home, or in your same location, except to get medical care. If you have a medical appointment, call ahead and let them know you are under quarantine (either by order or self-imposed) for COVID-19, so the office can take steps to protect other people.

Other things you can do during quarantine: Practice actions that protect others

  • Clean your hands often
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. When using hand sanitizer, cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry. Soap and water is preferred if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue away. If a tissue is not available, use your inner elbow or sleeve.
    •  Immediately clean your hands (see above).
  • Avoid sharing personal household items
    • Don’t share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people or pets in your home.
    • After using these items, they should be washed thoroughly with soap and water.
  • Clean surfaces every day
    • Clean “high touch” surfaces like counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables. 
    • Clean any surfaces that may have blood, stool, or body fluids on them.
    • Use a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. Follow the label directions for correct and safe use of the cleaning product.

What if my child becomes symptomatic?

First, we want to remind you that quarantines are put in place as a precautionary measure. In addition to isolating the potential spread of COVID-19, it will also allow our building staff time to do a deep cleaning of affected areas.

If your child does develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19:

  • Notify the school

  • Seek medical care and testing for COVID-19, calling your doctor before you show up

  • Continue to keep your child home from school and avoid activities around other people

If you have questions regarding these requirements, please contact Tri-County Health at 303-220-9200. If you have questions regarding these requirements, please contact Broomfield Public Health at 720-887-2220.  

What if my child already had COVID?

If your child tested positive in the last 90 days (from date of most recent exposure) they will not need to quarantine. You will need to provide documentation to the school of the positive test results to avoid quarantine. 

Because the class and teacher will be in quarantine they may need to participate in remote learning for the duration of the quarantine until in-person learning resumes. They can, however, participate in other activities.  

How does my child continue learning remotely?

Our expectation is that students continue to learn remotely during this quarantine timeframe with attendance requirements still in place. Your child can expect to hear soon from their teacher or school soon on the temporary online resumption of their class or cohort. 

What is the purpose of a quarantine?

  • Separates people and restricts their movement if they were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick. This could include exposure to a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 or a person with the symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Is for people who are not sick, but who may have been exposed to someone (in close contact with someone) who is sick. This could include members of your household, co-workers, or others you spend a great deal of time with (and are typically within six feet of for 15 minutes or more).
  • Can be voluntary, but Colorado has legal authority to issue quarantine orders to people who were exposed to a contagious disease.

Why does my child need to quarantine?

As the contact letter you received indicated your child is considered a close contact of the person diagnosed or presumed positive with COVID-19.

Based on contact tracing done with our public health partners, your child meets the criteria for close contact and exposure. Close contact and exposure is determined based on the amount of time a person is within a predetermined distance of the individual for an extended period of time and whether face coverings were used.  

Click here to understand how close contact is defined during the contact tracing process

Any suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 is interviewed by district staff in collaboration with public health. As part of this public health investigation:

  • The person diagnosed is being kept home from school until they are no longer infectious.

  • The person's activities while infectious are assessed.

  • The people who were close contacts of the individual are instructed to stay home from school for 14 days after the exposure. This is called quarantine.

If you have children in other cohorts or schools, they can continue to attend unless their sibling becomes symptomatic.

Can we still access resources and services, such as school lunch, during this quarantine?

During your quarantine period you may pick up meals at four district high school locations. 

Wednesdays at 1:30 - 3 p.m.:

  • Legacy High School, 2701 W 136th Avenue, Broomfield, CO
  • Thornton High School, 9351 N Washington Street, Thornton, CO

Wednesdays at 3:30 - 5 p.m.:

  • Northglenn High School, 601 W 100th Place, Northglenn, CO
  • Horizon High School, 5321 E  136th Avenue, Thornton, CO


COVID Testing after day 5 of quarantine/exposure

The process to ending a quarantine sooner would involve taking a COVID test on or after day 5 of your quarantine and receiving a paper verification of a negative test result. 

Where can I find free COVID testing locations?

While a negative test would enable your child to leave quarantine sooner and resume normal outside of school activities, it’s important to remember:

  • Absent a negative test result, the quarantine will naturally expire following the 10-day window.
  • Regardless of a negative test result, your child will not be able to return to school for in-person learning, BASE before and after school programs or other district activities until the end of the quarantine (Day 11). 
  • A shortened quarantine window does not eliminate the possibility your child can become symptomatic for COVID-19 within the 14-day window of the original exposure. Regardless of quarantine length, a An exposed individual should continue to exercise precautions including monitoring for symptoms of COVID-19, avoiding contact with high-risk individuals and other health and safety protocols.
  • CHSAA Season B high school athletes and coaching staff will need to follow the standard 14-day quarantine process.

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